David Ortiz took almost 33 seconds to round the bases after his homer last night

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Larry Granillo is the keeper of the Tater Trot Tracker, which keeps track of how long guys take on their home run trots. David Ortiz is one of the slowest trotters out there, but last night he took it to a new level, taking 32.91 seconds, setting an all-time record for a non-injured player. Or, at least, all-time since Larry has been keeping track. Go check out the trot and Larry’s analysis of it.

Papi is Papi so no one is gonna say anything about this (and he did have to watch to make sure the ball was fair given where he hit it) but if a young or unproven player trotted that slowly, you can imagine someone might get grumpy about it.

Blue Jays release John Axford

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The Blue Jays have released right-handed reliever John Axford from his minor league contract, per an announcement on Saturday. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi speculates that the move could provide an avenue for the club to rework Axford’s contract, but the Blue Jays have yet to confirm or deny the report.

Axford, 35, was dealt a blow on Thursday after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in the olecranon bone of his right elbow. Elbow soreness dogged the right-hander through much of his time in camp, and although he was scheduled for a follow-up examination later this spring, a definite return date had not been established.

Prior to the diagnosis, Axford was tabbed for a setup role with the team in 2019. He pitched to mixed results in 2018 (thanks in part to a late-season fracture of his right fibula) with a 5.27 ERA, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 54 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Now, however, it’s not certain that he’ll return to the mound this season in any capacity.

Axford isn’t the only reliever the Blue Jays have lost to injury lately, either, as right-handers Ryan Tepera and Bud Norris have been sidelined with right elbow inflammation and forearm fatigue, respectively. Per Davidi, the Blue Jays offered Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to prevent him from opting out of the minor league contract he signed in February.